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Best in action for Ulster. Image credit: Ulster Rugby

Joe Schmidt's side start their campaign away to Scotland on February 4

Ireland's rugby captain says he sees the upcoming Six Nations Championship as a clean slate.

Rory Best has been involved in recent Ulster defeats, with the province having been knocked out of the Champions Cup.

Eight Ulster players have been named in Joe Schmidt's squad for the first two games of the competition away to Scotland and Italy.

Best says it's time to put provincial performances behind them.


He went on to praise the emphasis on focus in Joe Schmidt's squad.

In November the skipper became the first to lead Ireland to a win over the All Blacks.

Best says there's no time for resting on their laurels.


Ireland 6 Nations fixtures (Times in GMT):

Scotland v Ireland      Murrayfield      February 4th    14:25

Italy v Ireland       Stadio Olimpico     February 11th  14:25

Ireland v France     Aviva Stadium     February 25th   16:50

Wales v Ireland     Principality Stadium  March 10th    20:00

Ireland v England  Aviva Stadium          March 18th    17:00


Ireland women's rugby captain Niamh Briggs says it's easy to lose focus on the games ahead.

Her side kicks off their 2017 Six Nations campaign away to Scotland on the third of February.

With a home world cup coming later in the year, Briggs says the immediate task in hand is what they're focused on right now.


Ireland Women 6 Nations fixtures (Times in GMT):

Scotland Women v Ireland Women  Broadwood Stadium  February 3rd   18:35

Italy Women v Ireland Women     Stadio Tommaso Fattori February 12th 13:00

Ireland Women v France Women  Donnybrook, Dublin      February 26th  12:45

Wales Women v Ireland Women   Cardiff Arms Park         March 11th      11:30

Ireland Women v England Women Donnybrook, Dublin      March 17th      20:00

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